Matthew Stafford’s rib cartilage injury puts Week 15 status in jeopardy
Matt Stafford has a history of toughing through injuries and suiting up for his Detroit Lions. This may not be one of those times. According to ESPN senior NFL reporter Jeremy Fowler, the team isn’t “overly optimistic” on Stafford’s chances of playing against Tennessee on Sunday.
The Lions’ pivot showed the effects of an awkward hit and left in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers. Chase Daniel came off the bench for Stafford to complete just three of six passes for 29 yards. Daniel hasn’t started a game since October 2019 when he was with the Bears.
While a meeting with a below-average Titans secondary would be appealing if Stafford can suit up, it’s hard to believe Daniel will have much value. Tennessee is giving up the fourth-most passing yards per game in the league, but Daniel has just five career stars despite being in the league since 2010. The 34-year-old has attempted just 19 passes this year and has to be considered a desperation stop-gap solution despite his low FanDuel DFS cost.
If Daniel gets the start, fantasy relevant tight end TJ Hockenson and wideout Marvin Jones Jr. will likely take the biggest hits and are not reliable for your fantasy league playoff game. Despite the favorable matchup avoiding all Lions on offense is the play, while a look at FanDuel’s Sportsbook for the under on the total and Detroit’s points scored is a smart move.